Information for

Kenneth Hull

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Institute for Worship and the Arts

Kenneth HullContact:
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24244
Office:  CGUC 1106

Director, Church Music and Worship program

BA, University of Waterloo, 1976
BMus, University of Western Ontario, 1977
MMus, University of Western Ontario, 1980
PhD,  Princeton University, 1989
M.A., The General Theological Seminary, 2004

Research Areas: 

Music in Christian Worship, Music in Spiritual Formation

Courses Taught:

CMW 201 - Worship Practicum
CMW 363 - Christian Hymnody
Music 110 - Music in Cultural Contexts
Music 255 – The Romantic Century: Beethoven and Beyond
Music 355 - Music Travel Course to London & Leipzig
Music 364 - Worship and Music
Music 390 - Bach
Chapel Choir


Kenneth Hull is a musicologist and performing musician with a particular interest in how music creates meaning within the various contexts in which it is encountered.   He currently teaches courses in church music and worship and music history as well as a travel course to London and Leipzig.  During his years at Conrad Grebel he has developed courses in popular music and culture, aesthetics of music, art song, symphony, piano literature, Christian hymnody, worship and music, worship practicum, chamber music, and has conducted both the Chamber and Chapel choirs.  His research interest include Brahms’s symphonic music, the history of congregational song in Canada, music and congregational spiritual formation, and how listeners appropriate the meaning afforded by music in both liturgical and concert hall settings.  Ken is also Artistic Director of Spiritus Ensemble, which he founded in 2009, a community of singers and players who perform liturgical music, especially the cantatas of J.S. Bach.

Selected Publications:


  • “Charles James Stewart and the first Canadian Anglican book,” Anglican and Episcopal History (forthcoming)
  • “Music wars, neuroscience, and self psychology,” Liturgy 24:4 (October-December 2009), 24-31.

Selected Activities: 

 Papers Read

  • March 21, 2010: “Charles James Stewart and the first Canadian Anglican hymn book,” Society for American Music Annual Meeting, Ottawa.
  • March 9, 2009: “Hymns and liturgical meaning-making,” Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, ON
  • January 2008: “Musical semiotics: the work of Naomi Cumming” (with Byron Anderson, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary), Annual Meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Savannah, GA.
  • July 2007: “19th-century Canadian Anglican hymnody,” at The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada Annual Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa.


  • February 17, 2009 (twice): “Singing the psalms in worship,” Mennonite Church Eastern Canada School for Ministers, Waterloo, ON.
  • October 2008: “Singing the psalms in worship,” Rockway Mennonite Church, Kitchener, ON.
  • Summer 2007: Ontario Liturgical Musicians Conference (Roman Catholic), St. Peter’s Seminary, London, ON. Three workshops, on global music, choosing hymns, and how musical style impacts the Ordinary texts of the Mass.

 Performances: Conducting

  • October 2, 2011: Bach, Cantatas 192 and 79, Spiritus Ensemble, Kitchener
  • April 3, 2011: Bach, Missa brevis in G minor, Spiritus Ensemble, Kitchener
  • January 23, 2011: Bach, Cantata 33 and Motet, “Der Geist hilft,” Spiritus Ensemble, Kitchener
  • November 21, 2010: Bach, Cantata 62 and Motet, “Ich lasse dich nicht,”, Spiritus Ensemble, Kitchener
  • September 26, 2010: Bach, Cantata 75, Spiritus Ensemble, Kitchener
  • April 18, 2010: Bach, Cantata 4, “Christ lag in Todes Banden,” Spiritus Ensemble, St John’s Anglican Church, Kitchener
  • February 14, 2010: Bach, Cantata 127, “Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott,” Spiritus Ensemble, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Chapel
  • November 22, 2009: Bach, Cantata 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” Spiritus Ensemble, St John’s Anglican Church, Kitchener
  • October 4, 2009: Bach, Cantata 78 “Jesu, der du meine Seele,” Spiritus Ensemble, St John’s Anglican Church, Kitchener
  • April 26, 2009: Bach, Cantata 12 “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen,” Spiritus Ensemble, St John’s Anglican Church, Kitchener

 Performances: Pianist

  • September 17, 2008: ‘Romantic Piano Music’, CGUC Chapel, Waterloo

 Other Activities

  • June 6-19, 2010: attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Toronto
  • July 2009: Judge, Hymn-writing competition sponsored by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, Anglican Church of Canada.

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